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Otho Winger collection

 Collection — Folder: S1443
Identifier: S1443

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of a December 13, 1937 letter sent by Otho Winger to Carolyn Dunn at the Indiana State Library in reference to the abduction by Indians of a young girl, surname of Thorpe, near Connersville, Indiana around 1813. Winger sent two pictures with the letter, both taken in October 1935 at the location J.L. Heineman, a Connersville historian, believed to be the area of the girl’s abduction. Charles Marks, grandson of Miss Thorpe, is photographed alone in the first picture and with Mr. Winger and J.L. Heineman in the second. The collection also includes a typewritten draft by Winger titled “The First School of Agriculture in Indiana” along with a photograph taken in 1938 of the site in Huntington County where the first attempt to teach agriculture to the Indians was conducted.


  • 1937-1938


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical note

Otho Winger was born on October 23, 1877 in Grant County, Indiana, the eldest child of John and Mary Winger. He attended county schools and at the age of 17 began teaching at an Indian school. After three years of teaching, he enrolled as a student at Manchester College. He later enrolled at Indiana University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1905 and a master’s degree in 1907. He returned to Manchester College as a professor of history and philosophy in 1807 and became the president of the college in 1911, a position he held until his retirement in 1941. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren and wrote several books on church history. He was also known for his historical writing and original research regarding the Miami and Potawatomi Indians of Northern Indiana. He was married to Ida Miller Winger for more than 40 years and they had two sons. He passed away at the age 68 of on August 13, 1946.

Banta, R.E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their books, 1816-1916. Crawfordsville, Indiana.: Wabash College, 1949.

"Dr. Otho Winger Died Tueday in Wabash County Hospital." North Manchester News-Journal (IN), August 15, 1946.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as donations from Otho Winger on 1937/12/13 and in 1938/10.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S2334: Otho Winger "The White Rose of the Miamis" pageant

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/10/30 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/30 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.